Monte B Cowboy
Nov 25, 2012 6:14am
Re: Best Non-Dead Concert attended?
I doubt it Bill, but anything's possible. Mike Fitzmaurice might still be in the Boulder area. I taped Arabesque numerous times in 1980. This night, in late July, was the first time I heard them play. It was amazing to see and hear (and tape) them playing this stuff! I put two SBDs of Arabesque into circulation and then I created a collection for them on the LMA. All these dudes and myself are from no. NJ. A few more punks my age from northern NJ are: David Grisman, Al Di Meola, John Zias, and Van Manakas.
Mike Scap also grew up in New Jersey not far from New York City. He was a typical child prodigy born with an emotional edge. Mike won awards and acclaim in high school as a talented visual artist and could seemingly play any musical instrument placed before him.
Some of the cutting edge bands which Mike formed or played with include Hot Rize, Tasty Licks (which later included Bela Fleck), Ophelia Swing Band, and he has appeared with Doc Watson, Emmylou Harris, Pat Matheny, and Martin Mull, to name a few.
A number of bluegrass heavyweights have played with him during their musical careers. Guitar phenom Steve Kaufman calls him “the Jeet Kun Do of guitar playing”. Former band mate Tim O’Brien places Scap “in a class with David Grier, or Bryan Sutton, or any of the top players in bluegrass”. Pete Wernick says, “his sound was different from anybody. The fluency, clarity of texture was a cut above”.
Everybody out there has heard of jazz guitar legend George Benson. Why? Because everyone has heard him play his famous song Breezin'
. It won awards and made him an overnight sensation in the latter 1970s. So, I'll make it easy for you guys...
This version of Breezin' that I taped is 5:31 long. Did you listen to Mike Scap's guitar playing with Arabesque on their Breezin'
(Breezin' track features nice improvisational playing on Mike's guitar, and on Eric's violin)
The question actually is, rather, where the hell is Mike Scap?